Senior Cell Biologist/Cell Engineer

Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
May 20, 2021
Aug 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
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Draper has an immediate opening for an experienced Cell Biologist/Cell Engineer who thrives in a multidisciplinary environment and enjoys solving unique, challenging, and high-impact problems using cutting-edge technologies for manufacturing cell therapy, organ-on-chip tissue models, biomedical devices and diagnostics, and other biotechnology applications. We are seeking a scientist who is well versed in an array of interdisciplinary areas, that could include cell and molecular biology, cell/tissue engineering, genetic modification (e.g., gene editing), and/or immunology. A successful candidate will have a strong leadership background, excellent communication and organizational skills, and personal drive to enable them to thrive in Draper's fast-paced and collaborative environment. The selected candidate will join a diverse and accomplished team of biologists, physicists, and engineers and must thrive on collaborative ideation and project execution. We offer a distinctive atmosphere blending the best aspects from academia, government, and industry and that fosters innovation, teamwork, intellectual freedom and creativity, and career development.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Collaboratively design diverse research projects, participate in internal and external funding opportunities, and supervise research teams focused on improving cell therapy outcomes
  • Innovate and collaborate with mechanical and material engineers to design and characterize novel devices for genetic manipulation of cells
  • Plan and execute BSL2 biological experiments, and train and supervise junior staff, including within cell culture and molecular biology assay and development.
  • Present and publish results at internal and external forums
  • Manage interactions with external collaborators on ongoing projects, generate new project concepts, and actively participate in writing academic, government, and commercial grants and proposals
  • Assist with ongoing development of internal capabilities and strategies by providing technical expertise and thought leadership.

Required Qualifications:
  • PhD or MS with 5 or more years of experience in biology, biological engineering, or related field
  • Expert knowledge of and demonstrated and extensive, hands-on experience in mammalian cell biology (including experience with immune cells), molecular biology, genetic engineering (gene editing), and/or cell and tissue engineering
  • Extensive project leadership and management experience, including personnel management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with history of active public, academic or customer presentations and peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, work in a dynamic and diverse project environment, and adapt to changing priorities
  • Demonstrated background in conducting collaborative and highly diverse translational research

Preferred Experience & Capabilities:
  • Experience writing innovative R&D proposals to commercial and/or government sponsors and generating intellectual property (IP)
  • Experience teaming with sponsors, collaborators, and/or customers
  • Expertise in immunology and immunophenotyping and/or immune-oncology preferred
  • Organ-on-chip, bioprocessing, or cell therapy manufacturing R&D experience in commercial setting a plus
  • Bioinformatics and coding experience a plus
  • Engineering background and/or demonstrated collaborative activities a plus

Candidate must be a US citizen or permanent resident.